Junior doctors' and medical students' commitment to working in areas of workforce shortage

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Title Junior doctors' and medical students' commitment to working in areas of workforce shortage
Author Rogers, Mary Elizabeth; Creed, Peter Alexander; Searle, Judith
Journal Name Rural and Remote Health
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian Rural Health Education Network
Abstract Introduction: Australian Government initiatives promote rural training placements, supported medical school places, and incentives that attract doctors to areas of need. The purpose of this study was to report on the preparedness of medical students and junior doctors to commit to working in areas of workforce shortage. Methods: Medical students and junior doctors across all Australian states and territories completed a web-based survey assessing career attitudes and intentions. Participants were asked to indicate their level of preparedness to commit to working in an area of need. Results: Completed surveys were received from 760 medical students and 264 junior doctors. A substantial proportion of this sample were prepared to make some form of commitment to providing medical services in a rural area. The greatest proportion (38.3%) was prepared to make a small commitment equal to an irregular locum service of 1 week or 1 month per year. Conclusion: Government policies and incentives may be having an effect on medical students' and junior doctors' preparedness to work in rural and remote areas. Medical educators should encourage students and junior doctors to take up short-term placements/opportunities and to maintain links with rural communities. Practice opportunities that offer varying lengths of commitment should be advertised widely so junior doctors are aware of them and can apply.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/subviewnew.asp?ArticleID=1775
Volume 11
Issue Number 2
Page from 1775-1
Page to 1775-3
ISSN 1445-6354
Date Accessioned 2011-05-09
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing; Menzies Health Institute Qld; Behavioural Basis of Health
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Psychology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/41121
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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